Working from home

Top tips: Make working at home work for you

With the current developing crisis and many people in lockdown, working from home has suddenly become a reality for many of us. But staying focused and motivated can be very difficult – especially when you aren’t prepared for this new way of working. Here are some handy tips on making working from home work for you…

TAKE REGULAR BREAKS

Working from home gives you the freedom to work in a way that suits you, so if you find your attention waning then go ahead and take a break. But the most important thing to remember here is to get back to work after those breaks and avoid the temptation of ‘just five more minutes’. It’s far too easy to procrastinate when you’re surrounded by things like the TV, the fridge, or even the ironing if you’re desperately dodging work, so be disciplined if you want to make working from home a success.

HAVE A CLEAR CUT-OFF POINT

Most of us are used to set working hours, and that should be no different when you work from home. When your home is also your office, it’s easy to just carry on working into the night, but this isn’t healthy or productive. So stipulate a start and end time, with some flexibility either way. When you’ve finished your tasks for the day, shut your computer down and get away from it all.

STICK TO A ROUTINE

To help productivity, it’s a good idea to set a routine in the same sort of way you would if you were heading out to work every day. Set your alarm (and resist the snooze button), get up, have breakfast, and get ready for the day ahead. Have a lunch break and use it, if you can, to get some fresh air.

REMEMBER YOU’RE STILL AT WORK!

The key word in the phrase ‘working from home’ is ‘working’: just because you aren’t in the office doesn’t mean you can make social arrangements (as limited as they are) or have long, leisurely lunches with your spouse. It takes a bit of willpower to create boundaries between your work and home life when you run your business from your home, but it really is the key to making it a success.

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